Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball: Frequently Asked Questions

PWGFS Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is PWGFS?
A. Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball offers an opportunity for girls ages 5 to 16 years old to participate in organized fastpitch softball. Teams are broken down into five divisions, (8U) 8 and Under, (10U) 10 and Under, (12U) 12 and Under, (14U) 14 and Under, and (16U) 16 and Under, and (18U) 18 and Under. The 8U and 10U divisions focus on the fundamentals of softball and are geared towards girls that have never played softball or who have some playing experience. The 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U divisions are much more competitive and prepare the girls for Middle School and High School softball.

 

Q. What age bracket does my daughter belong in?
A. PWGFS, along with ASA, classifies a player's age as of January 1st of the current year for determining a player's eligibility. For example: If a player turns 11 on February 3rd, although it occurs before the season begins, she will be considered 10U eligible for the entire calendar year. Our registration is set up accordingly and will automatically place a player in the correct age group based on her birth date.

 

PWGFS will NOT allow "play up" requests

 

Q. My daughter has never played softball before. Is that a problem?
A. Not at all. PWGFS is a recreational league comprised of players of all skill levels.

 

Q. When is registration?
A. Registration for the Spring 2017 Season is now open.

 

Q. How can I register my daughter?

You may register online. (Online payments can be made or mailed in from online registration)

Q. Does PWGFS hold tryouts?
A. Yes, PWGFS holds a Player Skills Evaluation Day for team placement each Spring. Every player who registers is placed on a team. The 8U division does not attend as those teams are formed in a different manner. For the Fall, there are no tryouts; players are placed on teams using our blind hat pick style draft procedure.

 

Q. When is the Player Skills Evaluation Day?
A. Each Spring, please check back as this will be updated for the Spring Season.


Q. Where does PWGFS play?
A. All PWGFS practices and games are played in Eastern Prince William County, mainly in the Dale City area. Please see the Field Locations tab.

 

Q. When does the season start?

A. The 2017 Spring Season will begin April 22nd. Team practices will begin April 1st.

 

Q. What days do they usually play?

A. The league schedules games each day of the week except Sunday's. In special circumstances we may occasionally get permission from the PWC Park Authority to use fields on Sundays to make up games that were cancelled due to weather.

Q. Who coaches the teams?
A. PWGFS coaches are all volunteers. They are mostly parents. In some cases they may be an individual that is interested in coaching but, does not have a child on the team. ALL PWGFS coaches are certified and background checked through the ASA ACE Coach Certification Program.

Q. I am interested in coaching a team. What should I do?
A. Please visit our Volunteer Information Page. You will be required to take the ASA certifcation and concussion training.  In addition, email us at: info@pwgfs.net to let us know. A PWGFS representative will be happy to call you to answer any further questions you may have.

Q. Does PWGFS offer programs other than in the spring?
A. Yes, PWGFS offers both spring and fall seasons. In addition, we offer Summer Camps in July and Winter Clinics during the winter months. Please visit our Camps & Clinics Page for more details.


Q. What does the U stand for after each age group?
A. The U means & UNDER. For example: 8U is 8 and Under.

Q. Are registered players required to attend the Winter & Summer Clinics?
A. No, players are not required to attend clinics. PWGFS clinics are open to all players whether registered or not as long as they attend the clinic listed for their appropriate age group. Clinics review basic fundamental skills as well as advance techniques.

Q. Can I donate old equipment that my daughter(s) have outgrown?
A. Yes, any equipment donation will be accepted. These donations will go towards players and teams at all age levels to use if needed. There is always a need for a well used glove or bat, catchers gear, etc...

Q. My daughter has been playing slow-pitch softball and is considering fast-pitch, is there a difference?
A. Yes there is a difference. First, the hitting is different because your hitting a faster pitched ball. Second, fastpitch offers a completely different speed and it's action-packed game play is what middle school, high school and colleges play exclusively.

Q. What is the PWGFS season schedule like?
A. In the spring and fall, PWGFS has a 10 game regular season schedule culminating with a single elimination style tournament in each age division excluding 8U. Games are held weekday evenings, usually after 6:00 pm due to area traffic, and on Saturdays. Game schedules are not available until after registration and drafts are complete.

Q. How are my registration fees used?
A. Keep in mind that PWGFS is a 501c Non-Profit organization. PWGFS exists to provide local girls in the community with an opportunity to play organized softball and not to make a profit. Registration fees are based on an operating budget that attempts to include all cost associated with running a league.

Q. What is the mailing address for the league?
A. Our mailing address is: PO Box 2709 Woodbridge VA 22195



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